Karapincha to open first permanent spot within Canary Wharf tube station

By James McAllister

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Sri Lankan street food brand Karapincha to open first permanent spot within Canary Wharf tube station

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Sri Lankan street food brand Karapincha will open its first bricks and mortar site next month in London’s Canary Wharf.

First announced last year​, the new 350sq ft site within Canary Wharf tube station will have space for 10 covers and feature a new brand identity developed by creative agency Free The Birds.

It marks a ‘significant next step’ for Karapincha, which currently operates as a trader across three London food markets: Spitalfieds Market, Elephant & Castle’s Mercato Metropolitano, and Market Place Vauxhall.

“We are thrilled to be taking the next step in Karapincha’s journey at Canary Wharf”, says Vasanthini Perumal, who launched Karapincha with her twin sister, Dharshini, back in 2018.

“This more permanent site is a significant milestone for us and the location itself carries such personal significance as our former workplace where we spent so many years being the commuters walking through the tube station to whom we will now be serving delicious authentic, homemade Sri Lankan dishes.”

The all-day Canary Wharf menu will include kothu roti; paratha; rice boxes and devilled chicken.

There will also be a separate breakfast menu featuring French toast; and ham and cheese-stuffed roti.

“Family traditions are central to our business – we serve the dishes that our mother loved to cook – and we hope that, when they walk through our doors, Canary Wharf shoppers, office workers and locals will feel like they are being welcomed into our home,” adds Perumal.

The name Karapincha comes from the Sinhala word for curry leaf, which is one of the primary herbs in Sri Lankan cuisine.

The refreshed logo design sits in a square with two small circles between the vowels, which symbolise the twin sister founders.

Bespoke patterns around the two circles have been implemented across social media and interior design.

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